Thursday, 3 September 2015

Polar Protest

A giant polar bear, as big as a double-decker bus and with an almighty roar, loud enough to make you jump, is sitting outside Shell oil company's Southbank  headquarters.

What's it all about?  Other than creating amusement for unsuspecting tourists wandering by.  It is a Greenpeace protest about Shell's drilling in the Alaskan Arctic.  

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Chimneys

Battersea Power Station has seen developers come and go and the building remains empty.  The latest development is seeing the chimneys come down (they are unsafe) and they are from accounts to be replaced with safer copies.

The rest of the development appears to be offices and yes luxury apartments.  The whole area around Nine Elms has seen many tall blocks of apartments shoot up in the past couple of years.  The major changes began with the tall new building of the American Embassy.  Aglimpseoflondon will pop back from time to time to show you pictures of the changes.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Go Sailing

Cruise the Thames is a tall ship.  Another day of the Tall Ship Festival giving you a last chance, for this year anyway, to cruise the Thames in one of these magnificent ships.  Just be sure to take your waterproof gear.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Ted gets a few ra(di)sh ideas

... the Doll said (kindly of course) after my holiday that I “might” have packed on a few pounds and I should think about trading my usual snacking fare for something slightly healthier and less calorific.  Around the same time I went to an interesting panel discussion at Borough Market called “How London’s food scene shapes what we eat” and came away with a reinforced determination to eat seasonal and regional  (albeit that all UK regions will be on my list) and that started my search for my new snack “go to buddy”.

It was going to have to be something that ticked all the right snack boxes, but was versatile enough that I wouldn't be bored by Wednesday. If we were to form the necessary well-being enhancement relationship it would also have to be around for a while … so that put pave to the here today gone tomorrow lovelies like gooseberries and all other manner of delicious flora fly by nighter’s.

While I was looking around for a contender I found a little foodie sound bite and knew instantly that the radish was "the one”. In “Gone with the Wind” the only food the starving Scarlett O’Hara can find are radishes (they pretty much grow anywhere) and as she attempts to eat it she declares (dramatically, as she was a proper drama queen) “as God is my witness I shall never be hungry again”.  Not that she meant it that way of course, but little did she know how right she actually was. Nor would she have suffered from any of the diseases associated with lack of folic acid or B6 vitamin as the many varieties of radishes are packed full with these little goodies.

Plus they are a really fast growing crop and are around for a good 6 months, coming on stream in April and still here in October.

Radishes are incredibly versatile; from that French favourite of dipping them in soft butter and sea salt (delicious when you’re allowed butter) to bringing taste, texture and crunch to salads, sandwiches, vegetable platters, dips, pickles, and on it goes. Many cultures cook them as a significant part of their main meals, think Daikon in Japan. I think when cooked they add that “je ne sais quoi” quality to a dish.

I found lots of recipes on this great “Love Radish” website and this really quick recipe by Xanthe Clay immediately took my fancy for a snack or an accompaniment with a difference.  Fiona Beckett is one of our leading food and beverage matching palates and she recommends Vodka with radishes … who am I to argue 

Saturday, 29 August 2015


A blue plaque with a difference, not worldly famous, this man was a local hero.  I vote for more of these plaques.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Artists at Work

There are several areas in the city that are allocated for street artists, as result there is an ever changing series of canvases to view.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

When the Sky is Grey..

When the sky is grey and the light is not great, reflections in puddles can make a more interesting picture.  A glimpse of Southwark Bridge reflected in the rain water on the wall below.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Welcome Home

I traded the sunshine of my holiday for the Riviera of London.  Time to get the woollies out I think.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Church

The colourful facade of the "church of the most precious blood" in Southwark.  

Monday, 24 August 2015

Broken Pillar

Today's sculpture in the city by Shan Hur is titled "broken pillar".  The piece is part of a body of work developed over the past five years whereby "found objects" relevant to the location are incorporated into the structures. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lofty Heights

Looking up at the buildings around me I could only think of lego.  Although lego is a bit more colourful isn't it.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

No Friends

"O my friends there are no friends" by Sigalit Landau, is today's sculpture in the city.  The artist states the piece is "a commemoration of the future, when we will be able to slip into these shoes and be part of a community that will create a better history, with more solidarity, more generosity and regeneration".

Friday, 21 August 2015

Haven in the City

A wee sanctuary in the city.  The garden of St Ethelburga's is tucked away surrounded by tall buildings on all sides.  The original church dates back to the 15th century.  It survived the Great Fire and the Blitz but was badly damaged by an IRA bomb in 1993.  Rebuilt in 2002 it now operates as a centre for reconciliation and peace.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Adam and Eve

"Day's of Judgement" by Laura Ford is today's sculpture in the city.  Tall skinny cats portraying Adam and Eve in deep thought pondering their anxieties.  I think they might need a holiday too.
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